DIY storage ideas to keep your home clutter free

DIY storage ideas

Darren Palmer has a broad portfolio, having studied fine art & graphic design, originally working in advertising and owning his own graphic design company. After succumbing to his true passion, Darren now operates his own interior design studio and has been a judge on numerous seasons of The Block.


It doesn’t matter whether you live alone or with a brood of unruly under-fives, chances are, your home will still fall victim to a build-up of clutter on a fairly regular basis. Instead of having to carry out a monthly mass tidy, introducing some clever storage hacks can help you keep on top of the clutter.

But before you start rolling out your minimalist measures, make sure you have a ruthless clear out. Getting rid of things you no longer use or like frees up space for those you do, making it much easier to find a given home for every last item.


Entranceways often become overrun with bags, shoes, umbrellas, coats, keys, mail – you name it. Make sure no one has any excuse for leaving their outdoor gear lying around, by giving every member of the household their own individual locker. Use a combination of shelving units, bookcases and storage benches to create compartments to house every culprit accessory. It’s also a good idea to fix in some coat hooks that can double as key holders and use baskets to keep items hidden from sight.


Stop your worktops and fridge door becoming a breeding ground for post-it notes and scrappy shopping lists, by investing in a cork or magnetised dry-wipe board. Introducing a dedicated ‘post point’ means everyone in the household knows exactly where to go to leave and pick up memos. Plus, when there’s no space left on the board, you know it’s time to review what’s there and get rid of anything that’s no longer relevant.


When it comes to clutter, out of sight doesn’t necessarily mean out of mind. Drawers and concealed storage boxes can all quickly become messy without some sort of ‘filing’ system. A quick fix can be to make storage dividers out of old shoe or tissue boxes. Cut them down to size and use them to separate smaller items like socks, underwear and belts so you can easily see what it is you’re looking for.


In an ideal world, the edge of the bath would be home to just a couple of candles. In reality, it’s usually the dumping ground for everything from hair products to bath toys. Bring some order and tranquillity back into your bathroom by repurposing a hanging shoe rack. With pockets to house your odds and ends, it can easily be hooked onto the back of the door too to save you even more space.


If your playroom turns into a sea of leftover toys on a daily basis, stackable storage bins are a must. Use picture labels or chalkboard paint to denote what should go into each box to make it easier for little ones to clear up after themselves (so you don’t have to!) Organising boxes by toy type or colour also means kids don’t have to upturn every box to find that specific piece of Lego they want – keeping mess to a minimum from the start.